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By: cws6196 , 3:46 AM GMT on October 25, 2012
I still don't yet have an answer about the storm and its impact, but there are some consistencies to consider and the latest data from hurricane Sandy. Currently, Sandy is stronger and larger than expected she would be at this time. As I mentioned earlier, the stronger Sandy is the greater the chance she would veer west. There is some consistency of a strong storm effecting the east coast around MD and north.
There is no reason yet to panic, but, I would suggest to start thinking about what preparations you will need to make in the event we are hit with something major.
Nothing is yet definite, but here are my general thoughts at this time for central and southern MD:
TIMING: Sunday afternoon through some time Tuesday. Depending on speed this could fluctuate some.
THREATS: I won't yet talk worst case, but in moderation we could see sustained winds 40+mph gusting higher. Torrential rain with flooding. Flood threat is greater due to the timing of the full moon, but given the current placement of the storm, most of our wind will be from the north, therefore pushing water out of the Bay. I don't think snow will be an issue.
If all this happens we could be looking at tree damage, flooding and power outages. A positive aspect is that we should be on the west side of the storm, the side you want to be on. The west side is less intense and the winds will drain the Bay. You do not want to be on the NE end of the storm, exactly where NYC will be.
I will have another update later Thursday and should have more details then. This is not the perfect storm, but something to start to take seriously.
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